What do macrophages do with absorbed cell parts?

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I was wondering what happens to all the "debris" that is absorbed by macrophages? Do they process them to the waste system or is it possible that they can feed them to the needs of neighboring cells?

Or do these different chemical processes of eating nutrition vs getting rid of waste not mix?

Especially with one's own cells, if a multicellular's own cell dies through apoptosis, can its parts be re-used by the body or are they flushed flushed? Or both?

Thanks for any thoughts.
 

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