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Marks & Spencer (M&S) is extending its five pence bag charging trial to 33 of its South West of England shops next year. An initial 16 week charging scheme in its Northern Irish supermarkets found that bag use was reduced by 66% and three quarters of customers used an alternative bag. The company will also switch the manufacture of standard carrier bags to 100% recycled consumer waste from January 2008 for the 33 stores. The trial area will include shops in Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire,