Assistant Managing Editor
Toloken has been an Assistant Managing Editor for Plastics News since 2019. From 2014-2019 he was News Editor/International. He has hosted and produced 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.
A federal judge in Arkansas has ruled that rotational molder Hendren Plastics Inc. violated minimum wage laws for its role hiring participants in a local drug rehabilitation program that was offered as an alternative to possible prison time.
A congressional hearing on marine debris, led by members from industrial Midwestern states bordering the Great Lakes, dived into concerns about plastics pollution in those five lakes. They make up the largest freshwater system in the world.
Consumer product maker SC Johnson has left the Plastics Industry Association, the latest consumer product maker to quit the trade group over pressure from environmental groups concerned about policies over single-use plastics. SC Johnson's departure follows Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. leaving in July.
An ambitious plan to require single-use plastics and packaging to meet 75 percent recycling targets stalled in the California legislature in mid-September, but it still enjoys the support of some prominent lawmakers. They say plans to aggressively cut packaging waste will be back. takes a detailed look at what the bold plan would have done.
California's legislature has passed the world's toughest standards around recycled content in plastic bottles, requiring 50 percent recycled content by 2030. But to win passage, the law had to include some potentially significant "off ramps" of waivers if companies cannot comply.
Updated: Lawmakers in Sacramento have softened a controversial bill setting tough 75 percent recycling rate requirements for packaging, including plastics. The changes have switched the American Chemistry Council from opposing the bill to being neutral, while the Plastics Industry Association remains opposed. A leading California environmental group still strongly supports the legislation.
The Environmental Integrity Project is calling for tougher federal and state enforcement of air pollution and disaster planning laws for plastics plants in Houston, saying that the shale gas fueled boom in the plastics industry there will cause health risks to residents.