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.
At the Chinaplas trade fair, Borouge Pte Ltd. said China's decision to boost standards for water pipe was prompting the company to invest in new capacity for more specialized pre-compounded grades of polyethylene. Growing demand for better pipe in other parts of Asia as well as Africa also support the investment, a Borouge executive said.
Vermont lawmakers passed one of the toughest U.S. laws on plastics packaging, banning bags and EPS food service packaging. The vote came as California lawmakers moved ahead on their own bills setting high bars for single use plastic recycling.
Industry groups warn a May 10 decision by the U.N.'s Basel Convention to put more limits on plastic scrap trade could unintentionally harm recycling. But U.N. officials, NGOs and some recyclers are saying it's needed change to reduce environmental problems from scrap exports to developing countries.
A United Nations body voted May 10 in favor of a framework putting more restrictions on exports of plastics scrap. It's seen as a way to control plastics pollution and give developing countries more control, but industry officials warned of unintended consequences.