There's a saying over here amongst ship model builders, which translated means
"Ship modellers will collect and save anything that won't start to stink after a few days!"😉
I do the same as you with old video recorders
, PCs, dead garden solar lamps
Great sources for motors, LEDs, power supplies, fans, connectors, ribbon cables, cogs n pulleys
I also browse around the flea markets here; great sources for odd bits n pieces.
Have found boxes of assorted cog wheels and pulleys
, once even a whole tray of miniature 5V relays
. Which I used for a home made controllable switchboard in my destroyer. See pics!
Carry on recycling👍 Cheers, Doug