News Editor / International
Toloken has been News Editor/International for Plastics News since 2014. He helps host and produce the Plastics News Radio podcasts, and since late 2016, has handled coverage of politics and policy from a home office near Washington, D.C. From 2008 to 2014, he was a staff reporter for PN in Guangzhou, China, covering the industry throughout Asia. In 2006-07, he lived in Hong Kong and contributed on a freelance basis. From 1997 to 2006, he served as PN's Washington reporter. He is a journalism graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Before joining Plastics News, he worked at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., and as a freelance journalist for the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Ill.
The reintroduction of far-reaching Democratic plastics legislation in Congress got an amped up pushback from the industry. But political changes in Washington and shifts in industry positions have changed the field.
Virginia's Legislature has struck a deal between environmental and business interests, banning expanded polystryene takeout packaging but adopting a new law on chemical recycling factories favored by the plastics industry.
Renew Oceans, one of the founding projects of the industry's $1.5 billion Alliance to End Plastic Waste, has ground to a halt, with organisers saying it is a victim of the pandemic and growing doubts the project could get to the size needed to succeed.