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.
The U.S. government July 16 said it joined a global project to contain abandoned fishing equipment, which some say is a significant source of larger sized pieces of plastic in the ocean. The State Department said it signed on to the Global Ghost Gear Initiative.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives raised concerns about health issues linked to resin production and microplastics in the food chain at a hearing July 7. Industry supporters pointed to the role plastics firms have played in fighting COVID-19.
A few places in the U.S. are bringing back bag bans that were suspended when the coronavirus first spread widely back in March. California is bringing its plastic bag law back into force, and Vermont has decided to move ahead with its version.